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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Sunderland winger James McClean has been told he has a "90 to 99%" chance of making the Republic of Ireland squad for this summer's Euro 2012 finals.

The 23-year-old former Derry City player has made a significant impact in the Barclays Premier League this season since being thrown in at the deep end by manager Martin O'Neill in December.

Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni handed him a first senior international cap as a substitute in February's 1-1 friendly draw with the Czech Republic to a rapturous reception at the Aviva Stadium.

The 73-year-old Italian has insisted all along his squad for Poland and Ukraine will comprise largely of those men who got the Republic there, but having indicated that there is still room for the likes of McClean, Wigan's James McCarthy and Everton midfielder Darron Gibson to force their way into his plans, he provided a further tantalising hint when he spoke to journalists.

Trapattoni told the Irish Independent on Sunday McClean has a "90 to 99% chance of going to Poland".

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Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy asked to be withdrawn from consideration for selection for Euro 2012 after his father was diagnosed with cancer, manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said.

McCarthy, who was born in Scotland but switched his allegiance to Ireland, was not in the 23-player squad named by Trapattoni in Dublin.

Sunderland winger James McClean was included, the 23-year-old former Derry City midfielder making the cut despite having won just one senior cap as a substitute after a remarkable six months for his club.

In a statement issued by the Football Association of Ireland, McCarthy said: "I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection from the Euro 2012 squad following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and an ongoing requirement for treatment.

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Giovanni Trapattoni answered the pleas of a nation when he named James McClean in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals.

Just six months ago, McClean was a relative unknown outside Ireland as he waited patiently for a chance to show what he could do in the Premier League for Sunderland.

But now he will be given the opportunity to showcase his skills to a pan-European audience as the fairytale which his career has become continues unabated.

The 23-year-old got his big chance when then Black Cats boss Steve Bruce made a £350,000 summer swoop to snap him up from Derry City.

Bruce, ever cautious of the potential for a young player's confidence to suffer irreparable damage by premature exposure, kept him waiting in the wings.

Had he known the impact McClean would have when he was finally thrust into the limelight, the former Manchester United skipper might have given him his head, but ultimately it was fellow Ulsterman Martin O'Neill who let the exciting winger off the leash, and to devastating effect.

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Young wideman James McClean has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season with Sunderland, with his surging left wing runs even earning him a place in the Republic of Ireland’s preliminary squad for EURO 2012. However, not everyone is happy with the midfielder’s success in securing a berth with the Boys In Green.

Derry-born McClean initially played for Northern Ireland at youth and U21 levels, but like many players from that part of Ireland including Darron Gibson and Marc Wilson,  he eventually decided to represent the Republic. That decision, as you can imagine, didn’t go down too well with some people in Northern Ireland, and Giovanni Trapattoni’s decision to include McClean in his EURO 2012 squad has only added fuel to the fire.

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After expressing his joy at being included in the Irish senior squad, the 23-year-old received a number of death threats on Twitter. The player himself responded with good humour, Tweeting:

“Love the dogs’ abuse am gettin off shock N.I fans, just worry about watchin ur own country at the euros… oh wait #mybad #awkward haha.”

However, the PSNI are now looking into the matter, with a spokesperson saying:

“We don’t discuss individual cases, however, if we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk we will inform them accordingly. We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk.”

Let’s hope it’s nothing more than Twitter-buffoons acting the eejit.

Here’s the full Irish squad, by the way. Norwich duo of Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington (who is yet to formally declare for Ireland)  miss out…

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Squad: Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall); John O’Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Darren O’Dea (Leeds), Kevin Foley (Wolves); Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Keith Andrews (West Brom), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), James McClean (Sunderland); Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Brom), Jon Walters (Stoke).

Stand-by: Darren Randolph (Motherwell), Paul McShane (Crystal Palace), Paul Green (Unattached), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Andy Keogh (Millwall).

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After watching England’s 2010 World Cup campaign unravel amid rumours of player boredom, the Republic of Ireland are not about to fall into the same trap.

Oh no, they’ve got this box of fun ready to go to Poland and Ukraine.

The Irish players can look forward to games of Connect4, Scrabble, darts, Monopoly and, if they’re lucky, a go on the Kinect.

Paul Roche, who took the photo, told the Guardian: “In all seriousness, here’s a picture of just some of the entertainment that the FAI have lined up Irish players at Euro 2012. Spot the Connect4? – simple pleasures. I believe the other container has some yoyos, a Frisbee and ‘a ball and a cup’. No Buckaroo, sadly.”

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill fears Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea could be a doubt for Euro 2012.

The player aggravated a calf injury late in the first half of Sunderland's defeat by Manchester United .

"John didn't feel comfortable. He was starting to feel his injury, so he just didn't feel confident at all about moving on it," said O'Neill.

"I haven't had a chance to check with the physios since. But it might be a concern [for the Euros]."

The experienced O'Shea, 31, is a key man in the Ireland squad and his loss would be a huge blow to boss Giovanni Trapattoni as he leads the Republic into their first major tournament since 2002.
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Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given has been given the green light to resume training next week after visiting a knee specialist in London.

The 36-year-old flew back to Dublin on Thursday afternoon after a whistle-stop trip to England to consult a doctor who has treated him in the past.

Given's specialist confirmed the initial diagnosis made by the Irish medical staff and approved their management of the injury.

A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: "Shay Given is on his way back from visiting his specialist in London.

"The specialist has been in contact with the Irish medical team and agrees with their diagnosis and recovery management plan.

"Shay is expected to return to full training on Wednesday."

The development will come as a boost to manager Giovanni Trapattoni, who has found himself dealing with a lengthening injury list in recent days.

Trapattoni did not expressly rule Given out of Saturday's friendly against Bosnia at the Aviva Stadium but he indicated he would not risk one of his key men unnecessarily even if he wanted to play.

Trapattoni said: "I think he wishes to, but if he wishes and he has a problem...

"Our Euros begins in Poland, not at the Aviva or in Hungary."

Given's place is likely to be taken by Sunderland's Keiren Westwood, who has eight senior caps to his name.

Meanwhile, Paul McShane could yet find himself on the plane to Poland next month as Trapattoni attempts to find cover for his injured troops.

The 26-year-old trained with his team-mates in Malahide this morning after joining up with the squad last night following a late call-up.

McShane, who was initially among a stand-by list of five players when the party for Euro 2012 was named, seems certain to play against the Bosnians with Richard Dunne, John O'Shea and Sean St Ledger all struggling for fitness.

However, Trapattoni has revealed he will probably join the party for next week's training camp in Montecatini, Italy, and the friendly against Hungary in Budapest which follows it, and may yet head for Poland too.

The 73-year-old said: "He will probably come with us because we need one more. We may take 25 to Italy, it's no problem."

Asked if he would be retained when the squad heads for its tournament base in Gdynia on June 5, Trapattoni replied: "I can ask him then, but before that, we have Hungary.

"Hungary is a very difficult game and maybe we need to give the 23 before.

"Only with injury, we can decide to change or not."

Trapattoni has to confirm his final 23-man squad by May 29, but changes can be made right up until the day of Ireland's first game - against Croatia in Poznan on June 10 - in the case of injury, provided it is ratified by a committee of UEFA doctors.

In the circumstances McShane, or indeed any other player, could travel as back-up but then head home if not required, or replace an injured team-mate if permission was granted.

Trapattoni also revealed McShane is not the only man to have received a call, with defender Damien Delaney and midfielder Paul Green among those to have been alerted.

He said: "Delaney, Paul McShane - we have other substitutes and they have been contacted.

"We have called them in case we need them, Paul Green also. But we have time to evaluate the situation."

The Italian's plans have been thrown into confusion by a series of injuries, none of which appear particularly serious but all of which are concerns in the short term.

Dunne's lower abdominal micro-tear, O'Shea's ankle and St Ledger's groin strain have all required rest, while Kevin Foley is working his way back from a hamstring problem and Keith Fahey has been limited by a groin injury since his arrival in Ireland.

Midfielder Glenn Whelan missed training today, but only because of a sore throat.

If Given, O'Shea, Dunne and St Ledger miss out on Saturday, Trapattoni will be without four members of his first-choice back five, with left-back Stephen Ward the last man standing.

But having seen the likes of Darren O'Dea, Stephen Kelly and McShane deputise in the past, the Italian will have no qualms about using them once again.

He said: "Now we have called up Paul McShane and in this game, maybe Dunne won't play. He said to me he can be ready for Hungary.

"The same, also St Ledger. We have Kelly, we have Paul McShane, we have O'Dea and we have also Ward. We have substitutes."

O'Shea was able to train partially today, but Trapattoni admitted he will probably not risk him.

He said: "It's important in a game to be able to shoot, cross and tackle, and I think in this game, he probably won't play."

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Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni admits he may have to look at other options if John O'Shea fails to recover before next Monday.

The Sunderland defender is a doubt for Monday's Budapest clash with Hungary after sitting out Saturday's 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium with a niggling ankle injury.

Trapattoni is confident the 31-year-old will shake off the problem in time for Monday's game but has hinted he will have to look for an alternative ahead of Euro 2012 if the stopper fails to recover.

"I think O'Shea can play in Hungary. He assured me that he can be ready. But we wait because in Budapest he must play," the coach is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"I preserve him against Bosnia, like (Shay) Given. I said I would not run the risk but in Hungary he must play or else we have to look at another option."




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Republic of Ireland squad:

Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall) John O'Shea (Sunderland), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City), Darren O'Dea (Leeds United), Paul McShane (Hull City); Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Keith Andrews (West Bromwich Albion), Paul Green (unattached), Darron Gibson (Everton), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolverhampton Wanderers), James McClean (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Shane Long, Simon Cox (both West Bromwich Albion), Jon Walters (Stoke City)

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Injured Wolves defender Kevin Foley has been ruled out of Euro 2012, with Paul McShane replacing him in the Republic of Ireland squad.

Foley reported for duty with a hamstring problem and has been aiming ever since to shake it off, but he has now become the second man to be sent home following Birmingham midfielder Keith Fahey's departure at the weekend.

Republic coach Giovanni Trapattoni said: "Although Kevin has been recovering well, I have made the difficult decision to leave him out of the 23-player list after completing fitness tests on John O'Shea and Paul McShane this morning.

"I have spoken to him and understand how difficult it is, saying that he can remain with the squad if he wishes."

Ironically, Foley trained at the Stadio Comunale Alberto Benedetti in Borgo A Buggiano on Monday night, while McShane did not after suffering a bruised heel during Saturday's 1-0 friendly victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dublin.

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Republic of Ireland outcast Kevin Foley admitted he felt ‘betrayed’ by manager Giovanni Trapattoni after he was left out of their Euro 2012 finals squad.

The Wolves utility man, who had been named in Trapattoni’s original 23-man squad earlier this month, was replaced by Hull’s Paul McShane when the Ireland squad was submitted to UEFA on Tuesday morning.

Foley was told half an hour before the deadline and almost quit the Irish team hotel in Tuscany immediately. But instead he stayed with the squad to play in a warm-up game against a Tuscan Select XI.

Ireland beat the Rappresentativa Pistoia 5-0, with Foley fittingly providing the assist for Jon Walters’ late goal. But afterwards he struggled to fight back tears as he faced up to his cruel exit.

Foley, who wore the No 13 shirt which will now be McShane’s for the tournament, said: ‘Words can’t really describe how I feel. I’m just gutted. It was tough.

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We are expecting to find lots of brilliant videos over the next few weeks as Irish fans revel in their first major soccer tournament in 10 years. We didn’t think we would find one this good, this quick.

We won’t keep you from the clip too long but when the England team bus arrived at their hotel in Krakow today, it seems that the Irish fans, somehow, outnumbered the English. And they out sang them too.

From ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’ to ‘The Fields of Athenry’ the Irish fans belt out any number of Lansdowne Road classics to welcome Roy Hodgson's men to Poland.

They even find time to sing a little bit about John Terry. It all sounds fairly good natured and according to reports on Twitter, the English fans were soon hitting back with chants of ‘Thierry Henry’ and ‘You’re going down with the Euro’. See, all good clean fun.

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Croatia landed in Poznan ahead of tomorrow's game at midday on Saturday and after resting this afternoon, the players began training in the evening.

Shortly prior to practice session, however, Bilic spoke to reporters ahead of their maiden voyage in Poland and Ukraine and claimed that the Boys in Green are no match for his team.

"The current generation has the potential to achieve something big," said the former West Ham and Everton defender.

"On Sunday we will fight for every ball and for every inch of the pitch. I don't see how Ireland can trouble us. Their football is very simple and not difficult to analyse."

Despite his contempt for their style of play, however, Bilic admitted that he sees himself as a student of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, who he referred to as 'Mr. Football' for his services to the game.



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Total feckin disaster last night :(

Agreed, Ward has been shoite for ages though in the green shirt. Was a disaster waiting to happen.

Going out there looking to contain Croatia when it was the only game we had any real hope of getting points from was classic Trappa but it didn't work.

McLean should have been on when it was emminently clear that McGeady and Duff were weaker than wet tissue paper. Can't fault either of Whelan or Andrews they worked their B*llocks off. And Doyle should have stayed on. Was the only fella causing the Croat Defence any headaches.

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Euro 2012: Republic of Ireland face uphill task after defeat at hands of classy Croatia

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By Damian Spellman - Belfast Telegraph




Mario Mandzukic ripped the Republic of Ireland's hopes of a winning start to Euro 2012 apart as Giovanni Trapattoni's 14-game unbeaten run ended in Poznan.

The Wolfsburg striker opened the scoring with a third-minute header and then after Everton's Nikica Jelavic had cancelled out Sean St Ledger's 19th-minute equaliser, saw his second-half attempt come back off the post and end up in of the net after ricocheting off unfortunate keeper Shay Given.

But for all Ireland's industry and endeavour, Slaven Bilic's men were good value for a victory which left them top of Group C following the 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy earlier in the day.

The defeat - just the third competitive reverse during Trapattoni's four-year tenure and the first on foreign soil - means the Republic head into Thursday night's showdown with the Spaniards, reigning world and European champions, knowing their hopes of qualification could effectively be over if they do not come away with at least a point.

Resilience has been the keyword for the 73-year-old Italian since he accepted the challenge of trying to restore Ireland's fortunes, but while there was no shortage of willingness for the fight, Croatia simply had too much quality, and were ruthless enough to accept the slices of good fortune which came their way.

Ireland emerged from the tunnel before kick-off to be greeted by a sea of green and a torrent of noise as they embarked upon their first game at the European Championship finals for 24 years.

But within three minutes, a sizeable proportion of the hope and expectation which has mounted since qualification via the play-offs in November last year had evaporated.

Croatia started much the better and received their reward when captain Darijo Srna's right-wing cross clipped full-back Stephen Ward and sat up for Mandzukic.

The striker had slipped as Srna prepared to deliver, but managed to right himself and head towards the bottom corner.

His effort looked to lack power, but Given, whose fitness had been a major talking point for the previous three weeks, just could not get to the ball in time.

Bilic's men scented victory as Mandzukic and strike-partner Jelavic repeatedly stretched Richard Dunne and St Ledger at the heart of Ireland's defence, the signs were ominous.

Full-backs Srna and Ivan Strinic repeatedly made their way forward to occupy wingers Aiden McGeady and Damien Duff in areas of the pitch where they would rather not have been, and with Luka Modric starting to pull the strings in the middle of the field, Ireland were desperately in need of inspiration.

It arrived, firstly in the shape of striker Kevin Doyle and then St Ledger with 19 minutes gone.

The combative Doyle was giving Corluka a torrid time and forced the Tottenham defender to concede one of a series of free-kicks.

McGeady's delivery to the far post was firm and true and with Corluka out of position, St Ledger crept in front of him to head the Republic level from close range.

The noise which erupted as the ball hit the back of the net was phenomenal and roared on by the bulk of a crowd of 39,550, Ireland started to make a game of it.

Given dispelled any fears of his health with a fine diving save from Ivan Perisic's firmly-struck 22nd-minute shot, and he was grateful to see the same man thump a dipping volley wide nine minutes before the break.

However, Ireland looked to be heading in at the break all square until disaster struck with two minutes of the half remaining.

The increasingly influential Modric cut inside the covering Robbie Keane to fire in a long-range shot which was blocked, but in his haste to clear, Ward could only slice the loose ball to the delighted Jelavic, who easily beat Given from close range to restore his side's advantage.

Given's luck deserted him totally within three minutes of the restart when Mandzukic powered a header towards goal from a Perisic cross and saw the ball come back off the post, hit the keeper on the head and fly into the unguarded net.

Trapattoni made a double substitution just eight minutes into the second half when he replaced Doyle and McGeady with Jon Walters and Simon Cox, and the latter sent a long-range effort high over Stipe Pletikosa's crossbar within seconds of his arrival.

But with Croatia by now firmly in the driving seat and knowing victory was within their grasp, the Republic found themselves struggling to make it out of their own half.

However, they were convinced they should have been awarded a 63rd-minute penalty for central defender Gordon Schildenfeld's crude challenge from behind on Keane, although Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers took a markedly different view.

Dunne headed a 68th-minute Duff free-kick straight at Pletikosa, but Croatia were cruising towards victory without having to expend unnecessary energy.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic curled a 77th-minute shot inches wide and Keith Andrews power a header agonisingly past the post at the death, but the points had been secured long before.

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